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Looking for some simple Bible devotions? Verse reflections like this are by everyday Christian writers—real people just like you! They help give us reasons why the Bible is relevant for everyday life, and how we can connect with God each day. 

How to Face Challenges of Life

Let’s be people who face challenges of life head-on, and who walk through them with integrity, grit, and a whole lot of love. 

Dive with us into Daniel’s take on how to face challenges of life, as he also gets to the heart of why Christianity is relevant today. It’s a big important question for us here at Reclaim Today…and we hope for you too.

Scripture: “Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us…No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:34, 37).

Written by Daniel Hamlin

“Immortality simply as immortality is irrelevant to the Christian claim.” C.S. Lewis (Miracles).

As I read this somewhat hard to understand sentence from Christian writer C. S. Lewis, I couldn’t help but pause. Almost all religions believe in the afterlife in some fashion. Lewis reminds us that Christianity would be no different if all it offered was a promise of immortality. Christianity offers a hope that is relevant for today, for our present life. Because of Jesus’ resurrection and because he’s alive today, our lives are changed here and now. 

The apostle Paul gets to the heart of the matter in Romans 8 when he states that we are more than conquerors in whatever this life may throw at us (v. 37). Whatever trial we face today, Paul says our hope in Jesus won’t let us down. The fact that Jesus is alive means that he’s with us in whatever circumstance we’re in. The same power that raised Jesus from the dead is the power that now works and moves in our lives. Paul says that since death could not conquer Jesus, then there’s nothing in our lives we can’t overcome when we place our hope in him.

Why It Matters

Whether you’re longing for the redemption of your past, comfort in your present circumstances, or guidance for your future, your hope is not in some long dead historical figure, or a distant, eternal being with whom it’s impossible to have a relationship. Even if you face tragedy, failure, or injustice, you can have hope because Jesus’ presence is real, because God’s love is so powerful that nothing can separate us from it, and because his love and presence sustains us through anything we face in this life.

 

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